Name: Mo Sher
Role: First team coach/club coaching co-ordinator
Favourite Player: I loved watching Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp in their pomp – Champions Leagues nights under the lights at Highbury…
Supports: Arsenal but as I’ve got older and ‘found’ other sports, I appreciate all good sides and players
What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching with Godalming Town? I actually applied for the U18 manager’s role just after the first lockdown started and got right to the end of the process. On the verge of being appointed, I was incredibly lucky to be asked to join the first team staff! It’s been brilliant to join such a massive club in non-league circles and play a role in trying to restore it to former glories. The most rewarding thing for me is that because I’ve been given so much freedom to express myself, it’s helped me grow massively and build relationships with players and coaches.
What are the most important values for you as a coach and role model? You can never get past hard-work, first and foremost. Blimey, I sound like my dad! I was never the most blessed as a player so had to work doubly hard to get in any team I was part of. I have the same mindset as a coach – I have to outwork those around me to progress and I believe that has helped me to get where I am today. I’m also huge on communication – it’s so important, on and off the pitch.
Playing career: Funnily enough, I spent most of my teens playing a good level of rugby and then cricket in the summer. Football only came back into my life properly when I moved to university, but I’ve never scaled the heights some of my peers did. The highlight was winning a fairly prestigious youth U18 tournament in Belgium with Meadow Sports and a Surrey and Hants Border Division Two winners medal while turning out for the mighty Woking and Maybury FC!
About me: Football was always my first love but I’m an all-round sport lover. In fact, I trained as a sports journalist after graduating and have been lucky enough to cover some wonderful events straddling football, rugby and cricket.
I was a workmanlike (!) left-back in my playing days, but was never going to go up the ladder so I stumbled into coaching in my final year at Loughborough University. Since then I’ve been at a number of junior clubs around the local area, including Woking Tigers, Shalford and Hersham but this is by some way the best level I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in.
My passion lies in making individuals and teams better – however small the ‘being better’ is – and I’m a huge believer and fan of the ‘marginal gains’ theory. My role at Godalming includes supporting the first team coaching staff in the week, working closely with Tony Roberts on the coaching front, and more recently taking on a broader role from an operations perspective covering all teams under the Godalming Town umbrella.
I’d love to achieve so many things at Godalming, both on and off the pitch, and am learning all the time. Long-term I’d love to be a manager at CCL level, but I have a lot to learn and explore and I’m grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by both Ruggs and the committee.